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Shoppers, Grocers Cautious After Beef Recall

Area grocers and shoppers are playing it safe after news that contaminated beef may have made its way to St. Joseph.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Area grocers and shoppers are playing it safe after news that contaminated beef may have made its way to St. Joseph.

"It scares me because I don't want to get no crazy mad cow disease or something," said Richard Watkins.

Watkins was shopping at Ray's Green Hills; one of the grocery stores on the list that may have tainted beef.

"I don't want to get beef that's discolored. I want my beef to be good, I like my beef to be lean, I like to be healthy," he said.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture recalled beef from a California meat producer.

That is why Watkins thoroughly checks his beef before buying.

"I check out all the meat they have available, look at it to make sure it looks fine, see the expiration date to when to buy it," said Watkins.

Green Hills Manager, Chris Marriott, said when an item is recalled, they immediately take action.

"Our warehouse sends us the information through email, and we check to see if we have the items, and we pull them off the shelves and send back to the warehouse," said Marriott.

One of the recalled products was Philly Steak and Cheese Hot Pockets, which were still on the shelves at Green Hills.

The USDA mark of inspection on them has "EST. 527," and their case code number ends in three or four.

Marriott said the hot pockets in the store did not have any of those numbers.

"They're probably safe if we haven't received any information or they've already been checked for those numbers or dates," he said.

As of February, the USDA had not received any reports of illness from the recalled beef.

However, when it comes to beef products, shoppers, and store managers, are still being extra cautious.

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